Hike across the Vallunga valley to the Cir Peaks

The round tour takes across the beautiful Crespëina High Plateau in the Puez-Odle Nature Park.

The parking space (subject to charge) at the entrance of the Vallunga valley near Selva Gardena is starting point for our alpine tour. The first section takes us across the fantastic Vallunga, on a pleasant hiking trail with a great view on the Stevia rockface and the Puez Group on the left, as well as the Chedul Mountains and Mt Col Turon on the right side of the valley. At the head of the valley, a narrow and exhausting trail takes us up to the Forcella de Ciampac, located 600 m higher than we are now.

Once reached this ridge we have overcome the hardest part of the tour and more than half of the way. Now we continue across the Crespëina High Plateau and walk towards the Crespëina saddle on the trail n° 2. We walk by the fantastic Lake Crespëina (2,374 m asl), then again the way up to the cross at the highest point. Here we enjoy an overwhelming view on the Cir Peaks and the Mont de Seura, in the middle the light green Chedul valley stretches. A breathtaking scenery!

On the trail underneath Passo Cir we continue our walk, from here we can see the Cir Peaks, which are pinnacles of Dolomite stone rising into the sky like fabulous creatures. Across this legendary landscape we walk towards Passo Gardena, strictly speaking to the Jimmy mountain hut (2,220 m asl). From this hut we walk up to the Dantercepies funicular, which takes us down to Selva Gardena. From the lower terminus, we walk the last metres to the entrance of the Vallunga, our starting point. The impressions in the high-alpine mountain landscape of the Puez-Odle Nature Park were amazing in this tour, even if it is quite exhausting.

Please note: on the above mentioned course, there are no mountain huts or possibilities to stop until you reach the Jimmy mountain hut. So we highly recommend you to take beverages and food with you in your rucksack!

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Selva Gardena, parking space at the entrance of the Vallunga
Route: Vallelunga - Forcella de Ciampac - Crespëina High Plateau - Passo Crespëina - Lake Crespëina - Passo Cir - Jimmy mountain hut at Passo Gardena - Danterecepies mountain station
Signpost: 14, 14A, 2, 12A
Distance: approx. 12.5 km
Walking time: approx. 5 hours
Altitude difference: 1,090 m
Altitude level: between 1,590 and 2,530 m asl
Experienced in: August 2010

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